12/07/2009 12:00AM

Juvenile boys in spotlight


After a big week for 2-year-old fillies, the boys get a chance to shine this week at Golden Gate Fields.

The one-mile, $50,000 Gold Rush Stakes will be contested Saturday, with multiple stakes winner Our Minesweeper topping the expected cast. A Michael Lenzini-trained son of Idaho sire Cause It, Our Minesweeper won the one-mile Bart Heller in September and has been waiting for another chance to go two turns. He has finished fourth in a pair of sprint stakes since that victory.

Also listed by track officials as definite for the Gold Rush are Haimish Hy, who won at a mile in his first start; Richardsongndance, who was just claimed from a sprint victory; Swiss Memo, coming off a win at a mile; and Fresno maiden victor Winner in Overtime.

Sourdough Sam, the beaten favorite in the six-furlong Golden Nugget, is probable, according to trainer Dean Pederson, who is eager to stretch out the late-running son of Decarchy. Also possible are Macias, Brady Blue Eyes, and Indian Firewater.

Trainer Lloyd Mason said that Shudacudawudya, who scored a game victory in the Golden Nugget, will pass the race. He could return in the Jan. 16 California Derby.

Salty Fries gets better of rival

The boys will have to run pretty well Saturday to match last week's efforts by the fillies.

Salty Fries turned the tables on Antares World in the one-mile Corte Madera on Saturday. The two fillies had run one-two in their previous start, which included some bumping turning for home and down the stretch. Salty Fries's trainer, Terry Knight, said his filly had caused the bumping, but he felt she was affected just as badly by the incident as Antares World, who wound up winning that race by a half-length.

Salty Fries is the first stakes winner for her dam, Salty Steph, and the sixth multiple winner from the mare.

"I've had a couple of them, and she's definitely the best individual of the ones I've had out of the mare," Knight said.

Salty Fries found herself farther back than normal in the Corte Madera and took advantage of an opening along the rail for her winning move.

"She settled really nice, and she responded when asked," Knight said.

Steve Specht, trainer of Antares World, was disappointed not to win, but said, "All you can ask is if they run a good race and come back okay."

The two could hook up again in the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks here on New Year's Day, although Knight said he might instead run Salty Fries in the Dec. 27 California Breeders' Championship Stakes at Santa Anita, to be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Bleach Blonde finished third behind Salty Fries and Antares World for the second straight race. Mason, her trainer, said he will freshen her and point her to turf races.

Mason also has undefeated Seeking the Queen, who scored her third straight wire-to-wire victory earlier in the week.

"We'll probably have to stretch her out, a mile probably," he said.

Farrier Bonde dies at 80

Services are pending for Duke Bonde, 80, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and father of trainer Jeff Bonde. Duke Bonde died Saturday of heart failure at his home in Modesto, Calif.

Bonde, a native of Pleasanton, followed his uncle Robert DePonte into the horseshoeing business in 1952 after taking a course in horseshoeing at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He worked exclusively at racetracks for more than 50 years, beginning in 1954.

He was inducted into the Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at Churchill Downs in 2005. Among the many horses he shoed was the stretch-running Silky Sullivan.

Bonde served as a mentor for many young farriers, including his son Gary, one of Northern California's top horseshoers. He was president of the International Journeyman's Horseshoers Union in the mid-1970s and served on the California Horse Racing Board.

In addition to his sons Jeff and Gary, Bonde also is survived by sons Ron and David.

* Three Golden Gate Fields patrons will earn trips to the 2010 DRF/NTRA Handicapping Contest in a Golden Gate qualifying contest Friday-Sunday.